More than a dozen schools are still closed in Prince George's County this morning in the wake of Hurricane Irene. The rest will open on time today, but the system has already closed schools twice in a school year only six days old, and that could cause an issue for school administrators.
Update 9:30 a.m. Central High School in Prince George's County will be closed after all today, after power went out this morning when students started to arrive. Power was back on at the school briefly this morning.
A total of 19 schools in the P.G. County school district are closed today; the district had put that number at 21 earlier today, but later announced that Largo High School and Suitland High School will open on schedule.
The high schools had been closed as of almost 6 a.m., but shortly thereafter, Pepco announced that power had been restored and school officials said the schools would reopen.
For the elementary schools that remain closed, school officials explain that one reasons is the earlier start time for the younger students and the inability logistically to get all the school buses out on the road in time to pick them up, and for parents to make plans to get those younger children to school.
The county's schools have already used two of the four "inclement weather days" set aside for this school year, thanks to Hurricane Irene and last week's 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the region.
It's just one reason Pepco engineers were busy making headway Monday afternoon restoring power to parts of the county, in order to avoid a third day without school.
"We've been coordinating with the school district, and talking to those executives trying to work it out cause we know kids have to get back to school, so the expectation is that those kids will go to school and were working that issue," says Clay Anderson, a Pepco spokesperson.
Bryant Coleman, spokesperson for the Prince George's County Schools, says if the system uses an inclement weather day beyond the fourth day allotted, the school year would be extended.
Alternately, administrators can apply to the state board of education for a waiver under special circumstances.
Full list of P.G. County schools closed today: